diebedo francis kere: public library in gando diebedo francis kere: public library in gando
aug 06, 2012

diebedo francis kere: public library in gando

‘public library in gando’ by diebedo francis kere, gando, burkina faso all images courtesy of diebedo francis kere




as a recently completed humanitarian design by berlin-based practice diébédo francis kéré, the ‘public library in gando’ is a freestanding addition to the primary school the firm completed some years before (covered here by designboom) – one of the first educational buildings in the region. a rigid orthogonal concrete ring and frame structure extends the facade of the adjacent institution and is held up by rhythmically placed eucalyptus columns, never before used for architectural purposes, that define a buffer zone between the exterior and interior. an elliptical brick wall offset from the center line of the roof frame constitutes the main protected library space. many hand-made clay pots were carried into town and cut into sections, poured in place into the canopy to fill the inside with a multiplicity of diverse circular openings for light.



interior private reading space


interior public reading space


interior main space with light circles


community carrying pots for construction


children and adults alike help to prepare the pots on site


once cut, the pots are transported to the structure


construction of the roof


placing the pots and pouring them into place


floor plan / level 0


roof plan





original rendering with corrugated metal panel roof

original rendering

  • Beautiful! But … what happens when it rains?

    bombolino says:
  • they make paper machet

    actually_not_funny says:
  • bombolino, there is a corrugated roof over the perforated one…..just look at the plans!

    michael snoek says:
  • I’m no expert in building technology Bombolino, but I’m sure the rain drips of the corrugated roof as in the design.

    ae says:
  • skylight function may take a toll via opaque corrugated roof

    Jingels says:
  • its a nice idea that architects use hand made things for buildings

    z-a-moradi says:

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